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Bog Water - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CanuckRover on 02-18-2008

Malty, with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by spicy, earthy bitterness.
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Photo of sbarre
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Electros
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Style: Scottish Style Gruit Ale.

ST: 600 ml bottle.

A - A medium 'dirty' unfiltered brown.

S - Almost a cross, prune/citrus, very hard to describe.

T - This is malty, and sweet. Caramel, taffy, and I am thinking the other taste I can't describe is the Wild Sweet Gale. The powerful flavour leaves the mouth quickly with a linger faint sweet aftertaste.

M - It hit hard and heavy on the tongue only for the first fee seconds, but they fade quickly actually leaving the impression of being lighter then it is.

O - I love this beer. I love it every-time I get it, and I will continue to get this. Beau's All Naturals is one of the best breweries in Ontario by far!

Photo of kjyost
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired from the brewery, poured into a Beau's ceramic Octoberfest mug. Also consumed at SmoQue Shack on draft.

Pours a deep, rich raisin brown that seems fairly clear with a nice head that leaves very light lacing. Tons of belgian esters on the nose including barnyard aromas along with notes of chocolate. Body is quite sweet with raisin notes and some herbal notes along with tartness and a cloying finish. Tart & cloying mouthfeel over time... Holy hell this is sweet. While I appreciate the attempt, I do not really like it... Meh. So much initial promise.

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SandS
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'Bog Water' is an appropriately unappealing name for a beer so ugly. Indeed, this looks like it came from the swamp. I've never seen such a distinctly repelling, murky brown appearance; only against a bright afternoon's backlight does it maybe look remotely consumable. The surface appears a boiling cauldron, bubbles fizzing out as rapidly as they spring up. Then just flat.

Ugly though this surely is, it has a blissful bouquet. A potent and musty yeast breathes a very perfumed character to the notes of raisins, plum, and the multitude of herbal extract flavors. It smells "mulled", as if stirred with a cinnamon stick. I expect to find whole cloves floating in it. In a sense, it reminds me of Chartreuse (French herbal liqueur) but far more approachable.

On the palate it tastes like a mulled coffee sweetened with thick pellets of brown turbinado sugar and prune juice, again stirred with a cinnamon stick. There are traces of mint and campfire smoke and strong notes of clove on the finish. Despite the spice and toast it has scantly any meatiness. Its sweet, earthy (and somewhat cola-like) profile shares some resemblance with Kvas (fermented rye bread/molasses drink).

The beer's unique, almost fascinating flavour isn't exactly pushed along by an energetic core. Then again, it can’t offer what it doesn't have – which in this case is hops. (Note: a single hop pellet was added, presumably to be ironic.) Bog myrtle (also known as sweet gale) means no bitterness. The result (especially once the carbonation tires) is a very flat product with a strong treacle-like quality.

Bog Water has the mildewy, earthy, forest-floor profile that recalls the 10,000 year old peat bog for which it's named and the surrounding countryside of a wet, cold Eastern Ontario. It is a distinct but appropriate winter seasonal and, unless I'm mistaken, the first Gruit attempted by a Canadian brewer. Bravo. Not something I'd have frequently, but once a year sounds good.

Photo of decimator
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 6.6%.

A - Poured a dark brown with auburn highlights. Thin beige head was quickly reduce to a few surface bubbles. No lacing. Looks like cola.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, fruity (bananas, apricot, dried fruit), herbs, some spice in the background.

T - Light brown sugar, some sour fruity notes, dried herbs, some cloves, some tea, mild bitterness in the finish. The herbal bitterness covers the inside of the mouth and lingers a bit.

M - Medium-heavy body, medium-low carbonation, sticky, oily, just a hint of heat, mostly clean finish. This one could use more carbonation.

O - It's Dubbel like profile is pretty average but the use of myrtle instead of hops certainly gives this one an interesting flavour.

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of cmadd
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful russet body with minimal head retention and almost no lacing.

S: Sweet with an pleasantly mild estery nose: bananas, bubblegum and yeast. In the background a bit of a spice.

T: Slight tart followed by some tannins, and a spicy root/herbal taste that I can only attribute to the bog myrtle. It's like bubblegum and sarsaparilla with some spice. Rounded out with some of the classic dubbel tastes; raisins and sweet malt.

M: Nicely carbonated – lively. Great mouthfeel.

O: Very interesting, and I'm always glad to see a gruit on the market. It's not super punchy, but well done and interesting, especially in Ontario.

Photo of trippinbillyrmc
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from a January 2012 batch that I've been saving in the back of the fridge since then. I've had this on tap before and it was really different so I wanted to try it again! They use bog myrtle in the brew with a Belgian double malt/yeast profile according to the little tag that came with the bottle.

A: It's almost the color of cola. Kinda brown-toffee coloured with a hint of dark ruby red. The head takes off to the sides of the glass pretty quickly.

S: It's very sweet smelling, but not in the normal malt way. It's more like a root beer kind of smell. It's got that spicy, herby smell that a really nice root beer would have. I guess that makes sense... it is bog beer.

T: I love the taste of this beer. It's refreshingly different. It opens with a little yeast sour, followed by that weird bog taste - a combination of dry tea, root/birch beer, and some spiciness - it then gets into a more standard double taste, nice round, warm malts. There is a distinct vanilla flavour somewhere in there too. The bitter is also different, maybe more like the bitterness of almonds than the bitterness of hops? It's great, though I'd love a little more in the body department.

M: For something as dark as this, it is surprisingly light. Very light carbonation, almost like the bottom of a cola bottle. It's not under-carbonated though. It'd be nice to have on cask for sure! It's warm from the alcohol at the end.

O: I'm going by style here, and in the spiced/herb beer category this is really a great beer. It's interesting, refreshing, and something I really enjoy drinking. That kind of cola, root/birch beer taste combined with the nice malts and the sour yeast is a great combination. I'd actually buy six packs of this if it was a year-round option.

Photo of BGDrock
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: average head; incredibly clear as like all Beau's brews; stunningly deep, rich, brown amber - like the edges of a port wine

Aroma: sweet; sharp, slightly acidic fruit, like a barleywine; raisiny, dried fruit (prunes)

Taste & Mouthfeel: interesting mouthfeel stands out with the first sip - almost thick and fatty, coating and clinging to the tongue; just slightly sour; there's something herbal, like a rustic tea; hops are replaced by bog myrtle and the change is noticeable - lacking that dimension; sweetness is "natural" like flowers or honey (not sugary); short length

Overall: a very interesting and complex experiment, like a lighter Belgian Abbey, but the hops and length are missed

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful clear amber colour with a fingers worth of fizzy head that quickly recedes to a ring. Good spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Herbal qualities, brown sugar, belgian-like spices and yeast, a favourable sour element, and subtle bread-like aroma. An overall appealing grainy-herbal forward smell.

T: Herbal-grassy taste, brown sugar, a slight sourness, and a biscuity malt presence. If I had to pick a fruit I'd say crisp and sweet pears. There's a distinct and lingering herbal finish, but it's a nice natural taste.

M: Lighter body with a moderate carbonation, both about average for the style. Slightly oily with a generally crisp and clean texture.

D: Quite good with a strong herbal-grassy farmhouse-like element as advertised. Might not be something regularly stocked in my fridge but certainly would occasionally pick this up again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light sugar and caramel notes with light herb undertones. Taste is a mix between a solid malt backbone with some herbs and some light candi sugar. Body is fuller then average with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though some additional carbonation would have helped.

Photo of Rukasu
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful ruby amber color from the bottle with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Very yeasty on the nose with wheat and tropical hints.

Taste is a pleasant, equally yeasty typical dubbel, brown sugar, banana. Caramel malt notes. One wouldn't be able to tell that this didn't have hops in it if they never read the backstory. There is a slight bitterness from the myrtle, which lingers after swallow, but has a milder sharpness to hops.

Bogwater is only lightly carbonated and little body, it comes and goes in the mouth and is very drinkable.

An interesting concept and an enjoyable beer, but little stands out to make this different from the dubbel pack.

Photo of peensteen
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown/ruby colour, collar of off white head, no lace at all, not as ugly as everyone said it was! Smell is yeasty with tons of banana, brown sugary notes, some earthy-herbal notes, very fain alcohol as well. Taste is full of banana followed directly by herbal notes, spicy with banana coming back as well, some sips give flavours of chocolate, mild bitterness with an earthy finish. Medium dry carbonation, medium body with a fairly nice feel. Not bad, unique with some good interesting flavours, would revisit gladly.

Photo of liamt07
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 1894, packaged November 30, 2011.

Poured a translucent maroon, with some big head as the glass filled but disappeared as soon as the pour finished. Nose head, no lace and some modest carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. Nose has lots of sweet caramel, some interesting yeast/fruit qualities that almost resemble a weizen in some respects (lots of banana here). Some interesting herbal notes, with a hint of spice. Quite intriguing, maybe a hint of alcohol as well. Taste has some overripe bananas, a hint of spice, with a touch of cocoa and caramel. Sweet malts, somewhat of a banana bread character to this; a touch of spice as well. A bit of bitterness and some definite alcohol in the finish, although it isn't too prohibitive. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is low, but kinda helps this out. An interesting pint, I would revisit this.

Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml into Tulip. Bottled Nov 30, 2011

A- Slightly hazed murky red/brown pour. Finger width off white head that quickly disappears leaving a thin cap. Lacing is spotty.

S- Bananas, rosemary, brown sugar with a touch of cloves. Very earthy and medicinal. Almost getting what resembles a cannabis note.

T- Sweet malts, banana, cloves and brown sugar. The cannabis smell translates to a subtle cannabis taste. Quite medicinal.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation.

O- Very interesting style. Belgian dubbel in all aspects with a little ganja. Not bad, not great.

Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is basically no lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - Malts, caramel, banana, raisins/dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some clove. There is also a fair amount of banana flavour mixed with raisins/dates and an earthiness. It ends with a malty light fruit aftertaste.

Overall - This one actually reminded me a bit of their 'Dunkel Buck' but with a lot less sweetness and taste. It had a very poor appearance and there was really nothing exciting about the beer. It almost tasted like "gruit lite" if such a thing existed. It needs a bump up in the flavour department and some more sweetness in the aftertaste.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a good chance to scratch my gruit itch recently (other than from the Historic Ales of Scotland pack), so it was very nice to see this offering from Beau's hit the shelves. I've been meaning to try this for quite some time, but their distribution has only really taken off this year. Still, quite glad to pick up a bottle.

Kudos to Beau's for their dating info - not many Ontario brewers do this consistently. Bottled on November 30th, served in a dimpled ale glass on a disgustingly wet, boggy December afternoon.

The name "bog water" conjures up images of stagnant Ontario lakes fillled with lilies, reeds and dank, brown water. And that's precisely the image that Bog Water seeks to replicate. Dank, chestnut brown, slightly hazy, light brown when given some sun. The head is negligible, quickly dissolving into a thin ring. Eh, the beer is called Bog Water - what do you expect?

Nose is slightly spicy, but the dominant smell I detect is that of a dunkelweizen - cocoa, dark malt and a bit of over-ripe banana. It's faint, but it's there.

This brew is extra malty, with a big caramel-chocolate sweetness rushing out of the gate. But that same over-ripe banana continues to nag at my tastebuds. It's not until the finish that the gruit begins to show, with a nice herbal bitterness. Slightly flat, oily, and with a tangy carbonation kick. Surprisingly dry on the tongue.

Not exactly what I was expecting, but an interesting brew nonetheless. And hell, it's almost 7% - always a plus in my book. But not really the gruit fix I was hoping for. Worth a try at any rate.

Photo of Foddz
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark, hazy, caramel brown. A finger and a half of medium bodied foam that subsides to a thin rim around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S: Dark, earthy, and a herbal spiciness to it. Ripe banana and other dark fruits. An underlying sweetness to it all.

T: More fruit. Reminds me a little of banana bread. Ripe bananas, malty bread notes, and a nice bit of herbal zing from the bog myrtle that the hops have been replaced with. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. A little weak on flavour in the back end.

M: A little thin, but nice and smooth. Mediocre carbonation. Not much to it.

O/D: Quite a pleasant brew, but under-performs in a couple of areas. Would benefit from a more robust late-taste/aftertaste, more carbonation, and a little more substance. That said, one could enjoy a few of these in a sitting without too much difficulty at all.

Photo of ludachris
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taking the name into consideration, its hazy deep caramel body is quite fitting. About a finger's worth of tightly knit, creamy off white head forms after a sturdy pour, leaving no lace as it dies down.

Big, over-ripe banana streams from the glass with a musty, slightly sour backing I can't quite put my finger on. Cooked tomatoes and celery come through but moreso in a hardy, stew-like way. DMS in a less off putting form I suppose.

The taste is quite interesting. A smooth, mellowed out banana sweetness coats the palate. It reminds me of sugar coated bananas without being cloyingly sweet. A unique earthy, hardy, slightly peppery character follows close behind. There's a quick flash of spice midway through. A touch vegetal in the finish but much less pronounced than the nose. The last impression, extending beyond the finish, is both earthy and minerally laced with a soft sweetness. The pepper quality becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Carbonation is a tad below average, helping to accentuate the sweet banana character while still being able to impart a stern dryness that prevents the sweetness from getting carried away. Medium bodied with a bit of a watery feel.

This is one of the more interesting and unique Ontario offerings I've had to date. With that being said, it's not an exceptional one. I prefer their Kolsch over this. I'd still say this is worth a try.

Photo of tbeckett
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled November 30 so nice and fresh.

A - Pours a murky looking deepy ruby red colour. The head came out as a fizzy light brown but fizzled away really fast. Good carbonation coming up. The colour sure looks like a bog. No retention obviously and no lace. The murky looking element of this saves it from failing miserably.

S - A Sahti-like aroma with lot's of herbal notes, candied fruits, berries, and twigs.

T - Much the same with more berry notes, dark fruits, twigs, candied fruits, herbal notes. Alot like Sahti actually. Interesting.

M - Nice fizzy carbonation with a light to medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Interesting. Not overly pleasant though. A small sample would have done. The Sahti similarity is cool and the novelty of it scores it points, but more malt backbone would have dones this good with caramel or bready notes.

Photo of bryehn
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 600 mL bottle delivered straight from the brewery by their BYBO service. Bottled a week ago (Nov. 30). Sampling in a 24 oz pilsener glass.

Appearance certainly lives up to its name. Pours a murky, sludgy rust red and copper brown mixture. The off white head burns off almost immediately, leaving a scant thread ring and almost no lace.

Very smooth and appealing aroma anchored by earthy grains, grasses and malts. Sweet flowers, raisin, spices and a bit of an overripe pear note.

Tastes of honey sweetened flowers with a syrupy malt backing. A solid bitterness takes over, then grassy and flowery tones come through in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a very low carbonation. Both syrupy and a bit yeasty on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter, with a floral taste and a sort of medicinal quality.

Reminds me of their Dunkel Buck a bit. A very nice wild ale that, for me, ranks as the brewery's best seasonal. Easygoing, but satisfying.

Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.